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SAT.. FEBRUARY 21. 1976. THE CAROLINA TIMES - 17
INFOGRAItlS Mysteries Disease Occurs In Halifax Ccsaty
BY MARY WHITMORE
INCOME TAX CAN MEAN MONEY IN YOUR POCKET
Filing an income tax return will mean money in your pocket if
you are entitled to a refund of taxes withheld. Although most -of
us usually think of wealthy people receiving large refunds or
exemptions from income taxes because of 'loopholes", there are
several ways people with lower or middle incomes can reduce
their taxes or receive refunds if they use all of the exemptions
and deductions they are entitled to by law. This year for the first
time some lower income people may receive cash refunds, even if
they have not had federal taxes withheld from their incomes.
A federal "low income tax credit" is available to parents of
dependent children who maintain a home for those children, if
their incomes are less than $8,000. The tax credit is 10 per cent
of earned income up to $4000. If their income is over $4000,
they will still receive tax credit but it is reduced from the
maximum of $400 to zero if the income reaches $8000. This
credit is in. addition to any tax already withheld from earnings,
and should be claimed on the front of the tax return on a special
line below the line for taxes withheld. (Look at line 21c on the
1040 form, or line 16d on the I040A form.) Be sure to read the
instructions to determine the amount Of tax credit due. Whether
a refund is paid or not will be based on the total amount of
taxable income. One must file a return to receive a tax credit, so
all eligible parents with incomes under $8000 should be sure to
file a return even if they do not normally expect to pay any
federal income taxes, or receive a refund of taxes withheld,
Other ways' to save money on income taxes suggested by
North Carolina States University Specialists are:
1 . Prepare your own tax return - and save the cost of having
someone else prepare it for you. You may find it is easier than
you think. Unless you have been involved in complicated
financial problems, you should be able to prepare your own
return. You may. find: that you can follow almost the same
, procedure that was followed last year, using yoUr cafbon'Copy of
last year's return as a model. When you have collected the
information for another person to use in preparing your return
you have already done most of the job.
2. Read and study this year's tax forms and instruction
booklets early so you will have time to understand them well. If
you do not understand any part of the form, contact your local
3. Make sure you have all the necessary information for filling
out the return and collect all the receipts you may need to verify
4. Use an extra copy of the tax forms to prepare a working
copy of your return in pencil. Fill in all the blanks on the form
that pertain to your situation, taking each number as listed.
5. You may be entitled to more exemptions and deductions
than you expect. Study each category to see if you qualify.
Check all your : family financial records carefully for all medical
and dental expenses, taxes paid, interest and contributions, your
casualty or theft losses and miscellaneous deductions that are
allowable. Remember that child care deductions are important
and certain other expenses connected with your employment.
6. After you have determined what your itemized deductions
might be, compare that figure with the amount you would be
allowed as a standard deduction. You are entitled to the larger
amount; follow the instructions.
7. Make sure you list all of your taxable income.
8. If you do not itemize your deductions, you can find the
amount of federal tax you owe in the tables or have the
government figure it for you.
9. Be sure to double check your arithmetic so your form will
be correct, and sent money if taxes are due.
10. Be sure to date and sign your returns and mail them early,
especially if you expect a refund!
Cats and Dogs Go for News
RALEIGH - An epidemic
of one of mankind's most
mysterious diseases in now
occurring in Halifax County.
Blastomycosis is a fungal
disease that attacks mostly the
lungs and skin, according to
Dr. Peter D. Roger, field
epidemiologist with the
Division of Health Services.
Rogers said the mystery of
the disease is how it is
New York (HKH-Scented
inks for newspaper ads have
been successful in the past but
there have been a few mis
cues, a trade journal reports.
One meat company pro
duced a bacon-scented ad.
Neighborhood dogs went
crazy, carrying newspapers
from porches and ripping
them to pieces.
In another instance, one
batch of ink went wrong and
newspapers on front porches
in the sun began to reek of
fish. That was when cats had.,
their day. HO
IS IN SEASON
Crisp, fresh Florida celery,
now in excellent supply, Is
one of the world's most ver
satile vegetables. It cooks
quickly enough to justify its
use in convenience foods to
which it lends pleasing
crunch and flavor. In long
cooking dishes it holds
shape and texture admirably.
This Florida Celery and
Carrot Crunch is flavorful
and easy: Trim I stalk eel''
ery; remove leaves and save ,
for some other use. Separate .
into ribs and slice thinly on '
the diagonal to make 6 cups.
Melt lA cup butter or marga
rine in large skillet. Add
celery and Yi cup onion rings
to butter and stir-fry 6 to 8
minutes or until celery is
crisp-tender. Stir In 1 cup .
slivered carrots, VA tea-,
spoons salt and V teaspoon
pepper. Stir-fry 2 minutes
longer. Add cup toasted
slivered almonds and' serve
immediately. Makes 4 por
tions. Celery with Mushroom:bill
Sauce is a recipe to treas
ure: In a large skillet bring
1 cup beef broth to boiling.
Add 4 cups sliced celery.
Cover, reduce heat and sim
mer , 10 minutes or until
crisp-tender. Keep warm in
serving dish. In small skil
let heat 1 tablespoon butter
or margarine. Add 1 cups
sliced mushrooms and saute ,
until golden. Prepare 1 cup
hot white sauce. Stir in 2
teaspoons chopped dill or
parsley and sauteed mush
rooms. Spoon over celery.
Makes 6 portions.
Monday, February 23
School Baked Rolls
Tuesday, February 24
Hot Dog w Chili :
Great Northern Beans
Devil's Food Cake w vanilla
Wednesday, February 25
Yellow Cake w Chocolate
Thursday, February 26
Beef Vegetable Soup
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Friday, February 27
Hamburger on Bun
Gingerbread w whipped
contracted by man and how
he becomes infected with the
'We are fairly certain that
infection comes from the
oil,' Rogers stated, ' but we
don t have absolute proof. The
organism is most likely
The public health disease
Jeuth said blastomycosis is
often missed by physicians
oecause some of the
symptoms mimic flu.
uymp roms may range from
severe chc,t pain, fever, cough
and oloody sputum, to a
sympton-free infection found
on routine chest X-ray. He
jid lesions usually show up
about four weeks after
' If a diagnosis is made at
the time symptoms appear and
treatment started, the patient
will aimost always recover."
Rogers explained. ' It can be
fatal when diagnoses is
delayed for a long period. The
disease is sufficiently rare that
a high degree of suspicion by
the physician is needed for
prompt diagnosis.. Four to six
weeks of treatment in the
hospital with antifungal agents
See Disease page 1 8
The fine rich aromas drift
ing up from & bowl of good
soup is a joy and a delight,
a real bracer. Yet nothing is
more easily prepared, what
with the .variety of canned
condensed soups and a bot
tle of the original Worcester
shire sauce to add sparks of
For instance, heat together
2 cans (1094 oz.) condensed
cream of mushroom soup, 2
cans milk and 1 cup of fine
ly chopped spinach. Stir in
1 teaspoon Lea Si Perrins
sauce and serve garnished
with garlic croutons.
Another very good and
easy combination: 2 cans
(1094 oz.) tomato soup, 2
soup . cans milk, 1 can
(894 oz.) cream style sweet
corn and 1 teaspoons
Worcestershire. Garnish with
Really fortifying for lunch:
Heat together l can (1094
oz.) Cheddar cheese soup,
1 can (1094 oz.) condensed
vegetable soup, 2 soup cans
milk and a subtle dash of
Worcestershire, say about
Vt teaspoonful. Garnish with
thin celery slices.
An easy Vichyssoise-type
of soup:' Blend and heat 1
can (1094 oz.) cream of po
tato soup, l can (1094 oz.)
cream of onion soup, 2 soup
cans rich milk and tea
spoon Lea Si Perrins sauce.
Garnish with minced chives
Lemon Dill Fried Fish
You don't have to be Isaac Walton to enjoy fish. Today's
modern supermarkets offer a tempting array of piscatorial'
delicacies from lakes and seas. . ; .'
For a sumptuous repast, marinate thawed fillets in lemon
juice. Then dredge the lemoned fish in enriched self-rising flour
and corn meal. A touch of dill adds a delectable difference.
The coating supplies the "crunch."
You also get double benefits using enriched self-rising flour
and corn meal. They contain the essential B-vitamins niacin,
thiamine and riboflavin plus both the minerals, iron and
Use a large deep frying pan for the easiest cooking. But be
careful not to over-cook. Serve hot to the hungry gang accom
panied by your favorite sauce.
Lemon Dill Fried Fish
6 to 8 servings
2 pounds fish fillet V cup enriched self-rising
, cup lemon juice corn meal
4 cup enriched self-rising 1 teaspoon dill weed
four 'A teaspoon pepper
Oil for frying
Cut cleaned fish into serving portions. Place in shallow glass
baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets and let stand about 1
hour, turning once. Stir together flour, corn meal, dill weed
and pepper. Coat fish evenly with flour mixture. Fry in hot oil
until lightly browned on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Fish
is done if it flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with
Spoon flour into dry measuring cup; level. Do not scoop.
NOTE: if all-purpose flour is used, add 1 teaspoon salt.